Profile: Michael Billups

Personal background

I'm a new user and I'm just sticking a few words on here to set it all going. I'm a network analyst working for a communications company in North Yorkshire, with a leaning more toward Linux as an OS and a network diagnostic tool.

I have a Linux server at home with a few!! spare cycles and what better way to soak them up than doing something worthwhile like SETI. It's a dual processor machine (PIII 550's and 512Mb ram) so as soon as I've sussed it, I'll get both processors running on the task.

I'm married to Sara with one little girl, Ellie, who seems to have more intelligence than her mother and I put together even though she's only two!

If you were wondering about the nickname, it's derived from when I used to be a Sonar maintainer in the Royal Navy - you can bet my surname has something to do with it as well! The guy who first coined it at work is known as P*rn Star so I suppose it's only to be expected.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Getting internet users PC's to participate in distributed research is an inspired idea - imagine - if even 10% of the registered Seti@home users are currently working on a Unit, thats over 400,000 nodes in the cluster!
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